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Home burgled after street lights were left off for more than a WEEK

The council said work to fix the lights was not due to be completed for more than ten days after the outage was reported

Blackout: Residents in a Stanmore street have been without lighting for nearly two weeks(Image: Mahendra Halai)

A home has been burgled after street lights were left off for more than a week.

Police in Harrow are investigating a burglary in Aldridge Avenue, Stanmore , between Monday August 21 at 4pm and Tuesday August 22 at 11am.

Metropolitan Police say the suspects entered by forcing entry through the window of a rear door.

One home Aldridge Avenue suffered a break in(Image: Mahendra Halai)

The incident occurred after residents suffered more than a week of darkness - after the street lights went out.

Mahendra Halai, 39, has lived with his family in Aldridge Avenue for nearly a decade.

He said: "We've had the lights come on and off before but they're usually fixed within a few days.

"This time, I didn't report it immediately thinking they'd come back on soon. It's been 12 days and we're still in darkness."

Shift workers are running to their homes out of fear of the dark(Image: Mahendra Halai)

Mr Halai recalls the lights turning off on around August 9, and although he has complained to the council through their online reporting system, has heard nothing in reply.

He said: "Now my neighbour is coming back tomorrow to her house being burgled.

"I've been with police today and when I opened the door and it's a tip.

"Lights are a necessity. You don't feel safe at night now.

"Everyone knows bad things happen in dark areas.

"We have kids on bikes up and down the street and people are scared to come out.

"We have shift workers who need to come in and out of their homes at all hours and they're scared and literally run home.

"The street is full of council tax payers so what are we paying for?"

Metropolitan Police confirmed the home was subject to a search and there have been no arrests made at this time.

A Harrow Council spokesperson confirmed they were made aware of the problem on August 14.

"We identified a local power outage last week, and have notified UK Power Network to carry out the necessary repairs," they said.

"This should be finished by the end of the week."

UK Power Network has also been contacted for comment.

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